Digital but especially, social media has given rise to one of the fundamental key differences between the NetGeneration and generations before. It’s what I term “dissociative present selves.”
“Dissociative present selves” is the ability to switch to and from various versions of your identity in the present moment. Texting while talking/Surfing Facebook while listening/Writing a report while noticing the Twitter alerts in the bottom corner of your screen and then hearing your phone go – so picking up your phone and hitting Twitter with your other hand and then reading the message – start to reply – look up and read the Tweet from earlier and then look back at your phone and finish the text message.
My mom can’t do that. But I can. Cause I was born in 1984.